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Old 02-06-2010, 10:54   #31
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Originally Posted by littlebigfred View Post
BTW, does someone know why they are called Portland Plotter? Is Portland, Oregon a famous sailing zone in the US, or is it after another place/person?
Named after a fella called Bill. Who lives here :-

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(South Coast of England)

Also known as the Breton Plotter (might be a few minor differences?) named after the North Coast of France.

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My guess is that either family involved or the Plotter suits similar seas - short and lumpy, not ideal for parralel rules on small boats.
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I've used versions of these for years: Chart Protractor #255. Simple, fast, accurate, works on chartlets in books or a folded chart on your knees and reads in True and Mag anywhere on the chart. What more could you want? No affiliation with the link I just googled it to find a picture.

Used in in New Cal on the French charts too. Worked great. Jim should get one

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Thanks Tom.
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